The Transportation Master Plan will be before Council at General Committee next week for discussion… One of the recommendations is to see the implementation of a “road diet” on Yonge Street from south of Orchard Heights Boulevard/Batson Drive to Golf Links Drive/Dunning Avenue.
A “road diet” is seen to “enhance safety for all road users and create a pedestrian oriented environment.”
This would not only create a dedicated left turn lane at the Yonge and Wellington intersection… It would create a true bike lane through our downtown core..
This is an interesting concept that will definitely make for an interesting discussion at the Council table.
Here is a description of a “Road Diet Concept” as per the Transportation Master Plan…
“Road diet is generally referred to as a transportation improvement concept that reconfigures a four lane cross-section with two lanes per travel direction to three lane cross-section with single lane per travel direction plus a centre two-way left turn lane (TWLTL). This configuration provides storage for left-turn movements while additional space at the existing curbs may be utilized for either bike lanes, additional public realm / sidewalk width, or parking lay-bys depending on the existing pavement width, and the presence of side-streets and the need for the centre TWLTL.”